Addressing Allergies Alternatively

Tis The Season To Sneeze

More than 1 in 6 Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies and most will rely on antihistamine to control their symptoms! This may help,  But there are effective & more natural approaches available that work on the cause of the problem...an aggressive & confused immune system. Allergy symptoms occurs when the immune system reacts to allergens that are generally harmless and produces antibodies that stimulate histamine release.

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Allergies are affecting more Canadians than ever and can lead to a host of problems including allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, asthma, eczema and more. Medications are usually only partially effective, and referring patients out for shots is seldom a promising option.

Know Your Triggers

To avoid an allergic reaction, you need to know what you are allergic to. A Naturopathic Doctor or Allergist can perform a skin scratch test for you, which involves a concentrated liquid form of common allergens such as pollen, dust mites, molds, and animal dander. This liquid is placed on your skin and then the outer layer of your skin gets mildly scratched which allows the allergen in. Within 20 minutes, a positive reaction triggers itching and swelling of the skin.

 

Control Your Environment

Now that you know what you are reacting to, it’s time for you to take charge and get in control of your environment. Let’s assume it’s a gorgeous day. But if the pollen count is high, keep the windows and doors closed to keep your home free of these allergens. You can also install a filter on your air-conditioning system to trap these particles. Each time you walk into your home, you bring small pieces of the outside world with you. After being outdoors, your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you’ve been. Take a shower and change your clothes to wash away any allergens. Leave your shoes at the door, too.

Rinse It Out

When we breath in allergens they get stuck in our nose, that’s why our body responds with sneezing, and a runny nose. A nasal rinse from a neti pod cleans mucus from your nose, whisk away bacteria, and can ease allergy symptoms there. Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with a pinch of baking soda in 8 ounces of warm distilled or sterilized water. Lean over a sink and gently flush one nostril at a time.

Quercetin

This antioxidant has shown it to be an effective natural remedy because it is able to lessen the side effects caused by inflammation of the allergic response. While you can purchase quercetin as a supplement, you can also get its helpful effects by adding larger amounts of quercetin rich foods in your diet. This can be found naturally in apples, onions, blueberries, cranberries, red leaf lettuce and other produce.

Nettle Tea

While we may curse this plant for the temporary discomfort, Stinging Nettle is a common herb used often as a natural antihistamine. Nettle lead is very high in Chlorophyll, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and its anti-inflammatory effects have been repeatedly confirmed by modern research over the past ten years. It’s most popular use is as a tea to effectively treat, itchy

 

Allergies are usually a warning that something is out of balance in the body, this includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Imbalanced Cortisol Levels
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Autoimmunity